Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Out on a Limb"

($40.00....6" x 6" mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"If you go out on a limb...make sure it will hold you." This quote is all about being prudent. Rather than blindly going into a situation, it is best to look at it from every angle and count the cost before going out on a limb that isn't strong enough to hold you. There are also times when it's prudent to take a risk and have the faith to see it through. Wisdom is knowing the difference.

This is such a simple layout and leads me to ask why I ever took a picture of a tree limb like this. It is not the typical thing that people whip out their camera for. Having said that, I think digital cameras have opened up a treasure trove of inspiration for experimenting with cropping and choosing images that have an abstract or poetic "feel" that can form the core of a piece of artwork. This image could have also been painted entirely.

It is not necessary to set up a still life or paint the traditional landscape. Why not try painting things that are totally unexpected. Today's image would make a great painting, especially if it were done much larger. Many techniques could be used and subtle color changes that would look great as an oil or acrylic painting. So my creative thought patterns keep evolving and wondering how many different ways this composition could be interpreted. If you can zoom in on very ordinary objects and then do some effective cropping, I think some very exciting artwork would emerge. Just something to try or think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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